World champion loses in Rio quarter-finals to Russian Vladimir Nikitin Conlans win terminates Irelands interest in Olympic boxing after high hopes
Michael Conlan accused amateur boxings governing body, the AIBA, of fraud from the core right to the crest after the Irishman lost narrowly in the bantamweight quarter-finals to the Russian Vladimir Nikitin.
With an unapologetic and emotional tirade on live video Conlan, “the worlds” champ in his discord and favoured to compete strongly for a honour, stormed from the three-round bout like a wounded cop, the victim, he maintains, of a scheme against his countrys boxers.
Theyre fucking chisels, he shouted into the ringside microphone. Theyre known for being cheats. Amateur boxing smells from the core right to the top.
It brought to a sour resolution a wretched tournament for Irish boxing after the middleweight Michael OReilly left early after neglecting a drug exam, followed by overcome for the rest of the squad, including close decisions against the favourites Katie Taylor and Joe Ward.
The Irish all are gone now, after expecting far more, and the Belfast boxer swears, in every direction possible, he will never again box in an AIBA competition, even if they offered me five million dollars.
Conlan retained the evidence was there in the scores in favour of Nikitin in front of a largely rejecting crowd, and it is true the computer-selected trio of magistrates, from a ringside body of five working, all scored the bout the same way for the purposes of the three rounds of a sometimes scrappy contest.
Kennedy Silva da Rosa, of Brazil, Bandra Kiridena, of Sri Lanka, and Mariusz Gorny, each granted the Russian round one 10 -9, Conlan the second 10 -9, and a tough-to-read scrap in the third to Nikitin.
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